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Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the decision taken today by the Cabinet to approve key recommendations contained in a report from the homelessness oversight group. The oversight group submitted a report to the Minister for Housing and Planning in December 2013 and in it made a number of recommendations to Government on the goal of ending long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough by 2016.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust reacting to the news said “We welcome today’s decision by Government to accept a number of key proposals from the homelessness oversight group including a recommendation to establish a new Homelessness Policy Implementation Team”.
“The decision to establish the new group reflects a realisation by Government that if they are to successfully tackle homelessness then a multi-agency approach is needed involving not only the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government but also the Departments of Social Protection and Health, the HSE and Local Authorities.”
“However, the first and largest task facing the new team is to address the lack of housing which is available to those seeking to exit homeless services. We need to significantly increase the availability of social and affordable housing otherwise we risk people becoming trapped in homeless services. If they can increase housing options we can free up beds in homeless services to ensure those presenting as homeless can access high quality services.”
“We also welcome the commitment given by the Minister for Housing and Planning to progressively work towards the closure of private emergency accommodation which is hugely significant. At present there are far too many people languishing in emergency accommodation without the appropriate support.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “Peter McVerry Trust is committed to delivering a housing-led/housing first approach. We look forward to engaging with the new implementation team at the earliest opportunity and remain committed to playing its part in achieving and end to long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough by 2016”.